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2004 Slickhorn Day 4 & 5

Slickhorn Canyon - Cedar Mesa, Utah
Days 4 & 5

Day 4: March 26:
Head back up Slickhorn to Camp at mouth of Trail Canyon. Day hike up Trail Canyon to Big Ledge Ruins.

Day 5: March 27:
Start up Trail Canyon (Access #6) before first light. Follow canyon to trailhead and start long drive back.

Eric & Allison Heading Up Access Canyon No. 6

Photos titles ending in "b" are by Bill; in "r" by Roger; and, in "s" by Shelby.

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Date(s): March 2004. Album by Cascade Bill. Photos by WHM/ Roger/ Shelby. 1 - 58 of 58 Total. 1454 Visits.
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Danny - waking up at Camp 3

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Dan - Is that a yawn?

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Roger - heading back up Slickhorn.

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Danny & Shelby - we made another stop at this pool on the way back up Slickhorn.

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Danny - looking up side canyon below Trail Canyon.

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Slickhorn Canyon near first Side Canyon below Trail Canyon.

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Flower - photo by Shelby

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Roger & Bill resting at Camp 4 (also Camp 2) at mouth of Trail Canyon.  It was hot and sunny when we arrived at our campsite but it soon clouded up and we had rain in the evening, which forced Danny to end his streak of tentless nights that had dated back to 1999.

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View of eastern end of Big Ledge Ruin - if you zoom the photo you will see Shelby in the alcove at the center of the photo.  We had missed the cairns for the trail and continued up wash till we hit the pouroff pool.  Shelby climbed up the wall but I had to backtrack around.

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A small granary on an intermediate ledge below Big Ledge Ruins.

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Another view of granary - notice how sandstone door  has been fitted to seal opening.

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View of Ruins - this is the alcove that I had photographed Shelby in (see previous photo).  The logs had once served as roof beams for the demolished structure in the foreground.

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Bill at ruin.

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Shelby at ruin - notice roof logs.

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Just to the east of the previous ruin was this structure - kind of reminds one of the "Three Little Pigs" with a house of sticks and a house of "bricks".

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"Stick" construction at eastern end of Big Ledge - the sticks probably served as reinforcement for mud "plaster" applied to them.

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Another view.

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Still another view - you can see that is it a big dropoff  to the canyon floor below.

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Bill - you can see how much the weather changed from this photo.

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View of Big Ledge from ruin at eastern end of ledge.  This is an extensive ledge that provided a lot of space.

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Shelby - a crumbling ruin along the ledge.

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Another view - looking down canyon.

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Another view looking back - see the fire blackened ceiling of the alcove.

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The remains of this structure show both rock wall and mud daubed sticks types of construction.

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A side view of the previous photo.

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This rather unique ruin features a wall of logs.

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View of Shelby at "log" ruin - you can see remnants of mud daubing at door frame.

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A kiva type structure.

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A well preserved ruin.

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View of more ruins along ledge.

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Close up of door opening.

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View looking west.

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Close up showing mix of construction types.

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Close up.

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Beyond this wall the ledge narrows considerably.

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Looking back across canyon from Big Ldege - this was as far as I got - you could scramble up the ledge to the right and see more ruins but it looked a little dicey for a 60 year old. Shelby had no trouble, however, but then he can climb like a monkey.

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This is as far as I got - more ruins are further along the ledge.

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Shelby  - he told me I could go farther but it looked too hairy for me.

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View of easternmost ruins along Big Ledge.

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Heading down - you can see the big dropoff here.

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One last look back at the easten edge of Big Ledge.

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The reason for the ruins - the big pouroff pool that surely was a source of year round water.

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Looking down Trail canyon from the top of the pouroff below Big Ledge.

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Another view from along the trail skirting the pouroff - there was a granary visible (zoom photo) in the crack  near its left end.

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Looking up to the western end of Big Ledge.

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Close up of ledge - this was the area that Shelby got to.

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Last day - hiking out: We started out in the dark with the trail barely visible. This was above the Big Ledge ruins. Allison and Eric are way ahead of Bill in the rear.

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Above Big Ledge  Trail canyon becomes choked with boulders - a "trail" of sorts skirts the obstacles on the left side (looking down canyon).  This photo is where the side trail joins the wash above the obstacles seen here looking down canyon.

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Roger at a series of slick rock pools about a mile and a half from the trailhead.

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Roger - doing a "Buckwheat" pose.

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Allison and Eric approaching the last big pouroff going up canyon.  As you can see by the height of the canyon walls we are nearly to the top of the mesa here.

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The guys were waiting for me when I got to the top of the last big pouroff - Danny reprises the "Invisible Man" pose

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Bill, Shelby & Danny .

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Before you reach the top, there are a series of small pouroffs to negotiate - here Eric and Allison going up one.

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Eric at small ruin at the last pouroff.

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Shelby (with sticker-burrs in hair and clothing) at ruin at last pouroff near trailhead.

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Shelby - at trailhead- you can't tell there is a canyon from here.

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The gang: Bill, Allison, Eric, Shelby, Roger, and Danny.  The trusty Suburban at right.  Troop gear is piled at center.

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